Old Fashioned Recipe

The Old Fashioned Recipe is one of the oldest known cocktails. Learn how to make this classic with our award-winning mixologists
Old Fashioned Cocktail in a rocks glass with orange slice garnish on a wooden table








50ml Bourbon Whisky
10ml Demerara Sugar Syrup or 1 Brown Sugar Cube
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters


Cut a few discs of orange zest, add to a tumbler glass and muddle the orange gently to start releasing the oil. Add sugar cube or sugar syrup, carefully add the Angostura Bitters, pour half the whiskey into the glass and three cubes of ice and stir for thirty seconds. Repeat with the remainder of whiskey and more ice and stir again. Squeeze a further orange zest over the cocktail and serve.


Orange Zest

Pro Tip

If using a sugar cube, a bartending trick is to place the sugar cube on a napkin and add the dashes of bitters onto the cube before using it in the drink. It is an essential flavour enhancer to add to the cocktail but too much (like seasoning in food) can ruin the cocktail.


About The Old Fashioned

The first version of the Old Fashioned cocktail was known as the Whiskey cocktail, which was a common remedy of the time for headaches and nausea. This blend of whiskey, bitters, sugar and lemon zest bore a very close resemblance to the famous cocktail we know and love today.

The typical Old Fashioned that you see on menus across the world today was said to be popularised by Colonel James E Pepper in 1880. He was a renowned distillery owner from Louisville, USA. A local haunt of his, The Pendennis Club, mixed an Old Fashioned cocktail and Pepper liked it so much he introduced it to the Waldorf-Astoria in New York in 1880.


Fancy making it yourself?

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